Gina Porter is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK. Her research combines ethnographic approaches with a strong interest in spatial perspectives. Her current research focuses primarily on mobility, transport and associated use of mobile phones in sub-Saharan Africa. She recently led a three-country study of youth and mobile phones in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa and is now leading an ESRC GCRF-funded study: ‘Youth engagement and skills acquisition within Africa’s transport sector: promoting a gender agenda towards transitions into meaningful work’: this is focused on improving women’s safe access to work in three city regions, Tunis, Abuja and Cape Town. She has undertaken advisory work for diverse organisations, including international NGOs, the British Council, UNHabitat, DFID [Africa Community Access Programme AFCAP] and the African Development Bank.